Brought to you by the talented restaurateurs behind Societi Bistro on Orange Street and Societi Brasserie in Tokai, Josephine’s Cookhouse is newly opened in the historic Josephine’s Mill building, beside SAB Brewery.
The owners have tidied up the old venue, which was operated by Caveau, and made it warmer and more welcoming with new flooring and furniture, a redesigned kitchen and a tight focused menu that plays to the kitchen strengths of delivering fresh, free range and organic food to the tables.
The setting and atmosphere is informal and casual. A roaring log fire crackles and blazes in the corner, bringing a much needed sense of warmth and homliness in these dreary Winter days.
Kyle Knight, a two year veteran with the Societi team, has devised a short punchy menu with plenty of daily specials.
As I write, you could have chosen a stunning twice baked cauliflower and cheese souffle for a starter, or moreish roasted bone marrow, a choice of 6 pastas (try the baked semolina gnocchi), a daily anti pasta board or crispy squid.
Tonight’s mains specials are grilled lamb with roasted beetroot, watercress creme fraiche. You could also try pan fried soldier fish (green on the SASSI list) with Jerusalem artichokes, or a pulled pork salad with baby gem.
The dish I tried that knocked me out was the roasted marrow on freshly baked sourdough bread. The pizzas are excellent, Kyle has a secret recipe for the dough that makes sure the bases are crispy while having plenty of texture without the lumpy dough. We also tried a delicious rib eye with excellent hand cut chips; crispy and golden on the outside and fluffy and tasting of actual potato on the inside.
Delicious food from a tight, daily fresh menu, in an informal casual setting. It’s going to be wonderful in Summer when the glass doors out over the river are opened. A great bar space upstairs beckons, as do a few other developments they have under their wings. They’ll be milling their own spelt grain there soon, right in the old mill. I cannot wait to try that bread.
They also do breakfasts.
Starters R37-48. Mains R56-110. Open 9am to 10pm.
Boundary Road, Newlands.
021 686 1437